Members Rock the House for PFOAM

Thursday, 30 Mar 2017

Parliament House was well-and-truly rocked on 29 March thanks to our members Diesel, Montaigne, Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock), Megan Washington, Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) and Daryl Braithwaite (pictured performing below).

In Canberra to stress the importance of copyright and government support for the contemporary music industry, these songwriters performed in front of more than 300 senators and MPs at the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music (#PFOAM) Rock the House event. 

The politicians sang, danced and moshed, and heard why proposed changes to copyright are detrimental to creators’ rights.

Politicians sing along to Daryl Braithwaite's #1 hit The Horses

A quasi mosh pit forms

They were joined by representatives from APRA AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA, AIR, Music Rights Australia, Live Music Office, AMPAL, state-based peak music bodies, the Australian Copyright Council, Copyright Agency and Screenrights who discussed their views on why the Productivity Commission’s recommendations to expand Australia’s copyright safe harbour provisions and introduce a US-style ‘Fair Use’ exception into the Copyright Act are a blunt attack on Australia’s creative industries.

"The Productivity Commission is attempting to undermine the rights of songwriters," said Ross Wilson (pictured above). We deserve to get paid for our work, and not have big tech companies unfairly profit from our creations. I hope to see bipartisan support for our cause."

Brett Cottle, APRA AMCOS Chief Executive, agreed. "We call on the Federal Government to refer the question of whether Australia’s safe harbour provisions should be amended and, if so in what way, to the Department of Communications and the Arts for a comprehensive and holistic review of the different issues and stakeholder interests involved. This review process must include thorough consultation with the creative content sector," said Brett.

“We also call on the Government to recognise both the macro and micro economic impact and opportunity of the Australian contemporary music industry. Innovation is at the heart of the sector, with songwriters and artists operating micro-businesses across every corner of the country.

“Collectively, they contribute to a multi-billion dollar industry that is relevant to a large number of government portfolios, from Communications & the Arts to Export, Trade, Tourism, Innovation, Small Business, Education, Regional Development and Health.”

Read the full APRA AMCOS submission in response to the Productivity Commission’s report into intellectual property here.

See more photos from the event here.

Group photo by Kym Smith for News Corp Australia. Performance photos by Ricky Lloyd.

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